French Flair || Lazy weekends would not be complete without a little indulgence, and @swancafect is the perfect place to perch for brunch. . . . Nestled in a quaint corner on Buitekant and Barrack, you step of the street and in to a Parisian crêperie. Delicate crêpes, dressed in cheeky flavours and fanciful names are complimented by aromatic coffees and speciality teas! Waiting staff in Breton stripes and bright smiles. . . . Chic sweet crêpes, attentively dressed in exciting flavours ranging from tart to devilishly chocolaty. Light and airy with just the right amount of flavour burst - I could hardly contain my excitement! . . . The #glutenfree buckwheat-based galettes (savoury crêpes) are equally delectable with no compromise on flavour and taste for guilt-free pleasure! . . . Flavours are seasonal and ingredients are locally sourced. Don’t leave without getting yourself a delicious slow French Kiss (rooibos tea scented with jasmine and marigold, laced with caramel and vanilla) oh là là!!💋 . . . Fresh fun French flair! Bon Appétit!🍴♥️ 🇫🇷
Yo Yo Yo! || It looks as though everyone is officially back at work and settling in to the routines of 2019. But summer weekends are still the best! People are out to soak up the summer sun, and restaurants and coffee shops are full of excited chattering about the plans for the year ahead. . . . One of the places you will find me this summer (okay okay this year!) is @yo_goodness_cafe on the Tablebay beach strip! The views of table mountain and the ocean are spectacular and the menu is full of exciting (almost completely) delicious Vegan dishes for your delight.....screeetch-and-halt! Say what now?! Yes, that’s right....veeeegan. And let me tell you a secret, you will love it! With Sugar-free, Gluten-free, Vegetarian and Vegan options it’s a guilt-free delight! . . . This little eatery has been open for just over 2 months now and is already quite popular with locals and visitors alike. The clean decor gives a fresh and open air feel to the space and the friendly staff are all quite knowledgeable (they walk the vegan talk) 🙌🏼 On my first visit my girl friend and I decided to try a little salt and sweet and split the nachos and gluten-free banana bread French toast (just saying the words makes my mouth water). The menu prices are reasonable, especially considering the quality ingredients and the portion sizes are bang on, so even hubby will be satisfied. I’ll be heading back soon for the gluten-free sugar-free vegan ice cream cookie....and the gluten-free snickers bar....and.... 😉 . . . Call a friend or pile your hubby and the kids in the car and head here this weekend for a little bit of beach and some Yo-Summer-Goodnassss. You can thank me later 😉
Summer Daze || Catching some lazy Sunday rays as we almost wrap up the holiday. Lucky fishes we have one more week of summer bliss to enjoy before we head back to work. . . . Luckily summer is longer than just December and I am planning on soaking up a few more summer activities on my to-do list before the weather turns. Cheers to you and me...and summer in the Southern Hemisphere! 🍹 . . . Hope that wherever you are today, you are truly living and loving your life. 💛
Waffling on about brunch || Sometimes all you really need is a little treat. This morning I set off to do just that at @jessyswaffles Oh boy what a delight?! Banana Jack Stack flapjack for hubby and Queen of Hearts waffle for me. Plant based (Vegan) and gluten-free. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now I’m just wondering how soon is too soon to head back for more?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sent via @planoly #planoly #tasty #breakfast #brunch #food #foodie #foodporn #delish #yum #glutenfree #eggfree #nutfree #allergyfriendly #plantbased #vegan #veganrestaurant #glutenfreerestaurant #vegetarian #eat #foodgram #foodblogger #capetownfoodie #glutenfreegirl #jaqionthego #tflers @realglutenfreemeals @allthingsglutenfree @allergyreality @southafricanfoodies @instaeatssouthafrica @love_food @ilovefoodiesct @foodiesofsa
We love boobs!! || We love having them, we love seeing them healthy and happy and we love that @thursdaysza is dressing them them up in gorgeous lingerie and bathing suits! . . . . #doitforyourboobs #wesupportboobs #weloveboobs #thursdayslingerie #lingerieparty #lingerie #capetownstartup #capetownbusinesswomen #capetownvibes #capetownentrepreneurs #localstartup #granddaddyhotel #futurefemalescpt #tfl #femaleentrepeneur #thursdaysza #girlboss #femalehustle #beautiful #feminine #localislekker #shotleft
Another year ♥️ Another year just you and me, No bump, no little feet running towards the Christmas tree. No baby fingers to kiss and cuddle, No “first” of which to share and giggle. Another year just you and me, Again this year no family tree. One present each for you and me, No gift marked “with love from Santa” to our baby. We’ll have our turn, just not this year. For now it’s just you and me my dear. We’ll sing our carols and exchange our gifts, We’ll cuddle up and whisper a wish, That next year this time we’ll be three. And we’ll laugh because we can’t imagine a time when it was just you and me.
Let the festivities begin || It’s 1 December and the start of the Advent Calendar, as well as Christmas set up in our house. One of my favourite times of the year! It never quite feels like Christmas time to me until we get to set up the tree and decorate the apartment. . . . This year we are holding off on the decorating for just a few more days, until hubby completes a competition and can join in on the festive eating and drinking as we decorate. . . . In the meantime it’s Duke’s very first Christmas and thanks to @lindtsa (for mom) and #probonodogbiscuits (for Duke) we will be tucking in to whatever is behind window 1 of our advent calendars. 👏🏼🎁🍫 Duke still thinks that his Santa hat is for eating, but it’s only his first Christmas so he has much to learn and many spoils ahead! . . . Are you decorating your home this year? Have you got a favourite theme or colour scheme? . . . Ps. Lindt Advent Calendar available in different themes and for a limited time in a two-for-one basis at @lindtsa stores, and Duke picked up his own awesome doggy advent calendar from @absolute_pets
“Your words become your world.” Nadeem Kazi || I am so excited that I finally get to share this. I wanted to keep it for myself until I was able to share these beautiful and powerful @toragrace pieces with their new owners. The moment I saw these on @its_a_momslife ‘s Instagram feed I fell in love and immediately knew that this was what I wanted for my special Christmas gifts this year. . . . With the help of beautifully worded bracelets and pendants I was able to pick individual bracelets for my team to thank them for their hard work this year, and hopefully give a very brave woman who is battling (and beating) a severe illness some support and encouragement to wear around her neck close to her heart. . . . But more than this, I was able to also pick blank pieces, and in my own words, find a way to let someone so dear to me know how much I love and value her. 💕 It meant so much to me to be able to show my love and appreciation in a very personal way this festive season. I also normally focus in great detail on my wrapping because I feel it’s as special as the gift, but the lovely packaging of each individual TG piece made sure each one arrived perfect as is. My own bangle with personal message inscribed serves as beautiful daily reminder to myself. . . . In other news I am now obsessed with @toragrace jewelry, and much to my husband’s dismay I’ll be heading back for more pieces...because I also deserve a little something from me to me ;) . . . Do you also love hand-picking and/or personalising the gifts you give, or do you get stressed out by the pressure of picking “the perfect gift”? . . . #capetownsouthafrica #localbusinesses #supportlocalbusinesses #delicatejewelry #beautiful #sterlingsilverjewelry #rosegoldjewelry #goldjewelry #toragrace #mybracelet #personalizedjewelry #personalizedgifts #giftsforfriends #delicate #beautiful #feminine #powerfulwords
Learning through a play || We all have those days that unexpectedly turn out to be the most wonderful day. Today was just such a day for all the ladies that attended the @flatlayboards_sa workshop, hosted by @mkonoevents . . . We learnt about different flatlay textures, layout, composition and lighting. The best part was meeting phenomenal women who are all unique and interesting. I realised that these workshops are so much more than just learning experiences, but also opportunities to meet interesting people, and to learn and share knowledge. The added candy was to play around with so many gorgeous flatlay boards and props! Learning to let go and and explore our own creativity. . . . Thank you to @butterflytreeflowers for the gorgeous blooms, @flatlayboards_sa for the Lear and the stunning boards, and @mkonoevents for a lovely event! . . . I highly recommend connecting with these lovely ladies on instagram and getting your hands on some Flatlay boards. If you are in Cape Town also watch out for great floral workshops preserved by @butterflytreeflowers,coming soon! . . . . #flatlaygoals #flatlayboards #flatlaysa #ﬂower #floralworkshop #flatlayworkshop #mkonoevents #flatlaysaevents #capetown #networkingmarketing #networks #creativegirls #createdaily #creativeexpression #iphonephotos #photo #creativegirls #photography
Long post alert❗️I am not usually one for fitness and weight type posts because I don’t much like talking about that stuff, but I feel compelled to share. . A few weeks ago, possibly out of sheer frustration because I’ve been making time for nothing but work the last few month. Or perhaps in my vitamin-D deprived state I thought it sensible to add even more to my load. Whatever the reason, I was fed up! With my health, weight, stress levels...and I started exercising! Like real, proper “in it to win it” exertion! So what’s your point Jaqi? Well tonight for the second time this week (and in my life as I remember) I thought I was going to actually die (dramatic pause) I pushed myself so hard. I actually cried a little on the treadmill, and I swear that several fitness instructors started hovering nearby. I am sure one even had a first aid kit discreetly placed at a nearby water station, all the while eyeing me like this could turn out to be the most exciting day at virgin active this year! Longest 30 minutes of my life, during which time I contemplated “letting go” at least twice in the hopes of being carried off on a stretcher because honestly that’s the only excuse my husband (and self-appointed coach) would accept for me missing the second portion of our team event. But I alas I lived and after a half-hearted high 5, hubby cheerily dragged me off the weights section for the second installment of this drama. I’d would bore you with those details too, but I blacked out and only vaguely came to in the car on the way home. . But then my epiphany came! Perhaps brought on by the muscle relaxer taken 20 minutes go, but let’s not nitpick. The realization that I’ve felt better in the past few weeks, than I have in ages! I can’t remember a time when some part of me wasn’t stiff, but I feel great! Clear, optimistic, stronger, proud! And even though I am such a long way from my goals for myself image, my work-life balance, I’m feeling really comfortable in my own skin. My take-away? If you don’t like where you are, do something about it. Just start and see where it goes. You might cry on life’s treadmill, or you survive and realise you are crushing it! 😘
Unwined || Because we know that gluten free isn’t just for what we put in our mouths, but it certainly helps when GF products are great quality too. I’m a long-time fan of @haskhair, partly because for some time they were the only brand on local shelves that ticked all my boxes; 💓Gluten free 💓Paraben free 💓Sulfate Free 💓No artificial colours 💓Alcohol free 💓Cruelty free 💓Vegan products in the range . . . YOWZA!! 🙅🏼♀️ How’s that for a win?! But then my consistent scouring of pharmacy and supermarket isles paid off when I discovered wine (yes 🍷) inspired deep conditioners!! Hello! Two of my favorite things - wine and pampering rolled in to one. . . . These little guys smell sooo divine and definitely do their job, leaving my hair soft and with a pleasant light fragrance. I am definitely heading back for more! 💆🏼♀️ . . . After a bit of online research I discovered that there are a few other products in the unWINEd range, but thus far I’ve only found the two single-serving deep conditioners. I will definitely be on the hunt for more! Watch this space for more updates! . . . . #hair #hairlove #hairlover #hairflair #hairgoals #pamper #toiletries #loveyourhair #hairmask #hairrepair #haircolour #hask #haskhair #haskhairproducts #haskhairsa #clicks #clickspharmacy #glutenfree #crueltyfree #crueltyfreebeauty #vegan #veganbeauty #instahair #hairtrends
Timeouts || For most that probably means the space that toddlers occasionally find themselves for a variety of reasons, and lets face it, sometimes adults need it too. But that is not THIS timeout. This is the one we often neglect. The time set aside to switch off from technology, commitments, obligations and just take a breath. Listen to music or read a book, even take a nap or go for a stroll. We know it’s important and it recharges the batteries, but we seldom make time for a timeout for ourselves. This weekend I decided to take few minutes to do just that - to sit outside, enjoy the great weather we’re having and catch up on some reading that I’ve been neglecting. Short-lived as it may have been, it felt darn good and gave me just the timeout I needed to fully recharge my battery. The weekends are becoming busier as the weather warms up, and in a few weeks I’m looking forward to the @pink_polo_sa with my favorite person in the world @pierre_pressure 🐎💕 . . . Do you take time for timeouts? What’s your way of recharging? . . . . . . #timeout #weekend #weekendfeels #Sunday #spring #relax #unwind #brilmynou #mybril #hellobril #geel #yellow #polo #winelands #localislekker #glasses #instacapetown #capetown #capetownlife #capetownetc
I recently connected with a group of dynamic mommy bloggers on Instagram. Very much out of my normal circle, but I’m convinced it’s fate given the journey that I’m on as an adoption-mom-in-waiting. And while we wait for our little bundle to find his or her way to our family, I am learning so much about womanhood as a mom. These women are all worth a follow! . . . #Repost @capetownmomchristina with @get_repost ・・・ R25000 HAMPER GIVEAWAY || This is a giveaway you don’t want to miss! Swipe to see all the goods. Here is what you will win: • FOR THE KITCHEN: Chocolates (@zangchocolate), Cookbook (@sophialindopcooks), Kombucha (@culturelab_kombucha), Superfood Mix (@naturesnutritionsa) • FOR BABA: Play Tent (@mytinyteepee), Lunchboxes (@mycrunchbox), the “Story of You” bespoke baby book (@stellarizeyourlife) • FOR YOUR SKIN: A multitude of skincare goodies (@skincreamery, @purebeginnings, & @heygorgeoussa) • FOR MAMA: Golden bracelets (@toragrace) & a leather clutch (@valensleather) • FOR FUN: a R1000 cake (@sweet.lionheart) • AND SO MUCH MORE - R16,000 worth of Vouchers: Massage & hair treatment (@1sixtyhairandbeauty), family health consult (@aliyasvibrantlife), life coaching session (@caitlyndebeer), kids décor (@declan.and.leah), workout programme (@flourishingfitmoms), workshop by (@mkonoevents), family holiday (@theriverstonehouse), a family photoshoot (@simplylifephotographs), a home floristry workshop (@butterflytreeflowers), & a style consult (@kittycatdreamin) To enter, simply follow these easy steps: 1. Like this post and follow @capetownmomchristina 2. Tag a friend in the comments (1 tag = 1 entry) 3. Go to @christie_miless and follow the same steps on this image on their feed. ➡Once you get back HERE you would have completed the loop and your entry will be valid ➡EXTRA ENTRY: Share this post to your story and tag #momblogssupportlocal ➡EXTRA EXTRA ENTRY: Follow all the brands tagged above. T’s and C’s: Items can be re-gifted but not traded for money. This competition is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Instagram, it runs for three weeks ending 30 October 2018 Winner is chosen at random and announced 31 October 2018. Open to SA residents only.
After a week away from home, travelling, meetings, conferences and networking it is so good to be home! Now I am focusing on getting back in to my routine. I am actually not one who likes to be prescribed to...at all, and sometimes (okay more than just sometimes) kick against routine, I find I really need it to be productive. Truth be told, as I get older I also appreciate the sense of calm and purpose that comes with a solid routine. But boy is it hard for me to settle back in once I’ve been on the other side for a few days. 🙈 Today will be dedicated to catching up and setting myself up for the week ahead. . . Do you function better when you plan ahead, or do you prefer to wing it? . . . . . . . . . Sent via @planoly #planoly #work #workhardplayhard #hustle #workspace #workaholics #workandtravel #worktravel #letsdothis #productive #workinggirl #bosslady #womenpower #girlsruletheworld #thefutureisfemale #womenwhohustle #girlonthego #jaqionthego
Bubbly about Babel || It’s no secret I love food, and one of my absolute favourite restaurants is Babel at Babylonstoren. Today was particularly special because we had dear friends visiting from out of town and got to take them for a Babel experience! Needless to say the menu and service did not disappoint. . . I’ve long ago read up all I could find about the fa, architecture and design as well as the food philosophy, but what I love most is the way it makes me feel! I believe with all my heart you cannot spend a day at @babylonstoren without walking away happier. A walk in the gardens, a delicious meal with loved ones and few bottles of wine and olive oil to take home. Fresh food and fun memories is what makes a day at Babylonstoren a best day. If you want a truly Cape Town wine farm experience this is where you will find it and fall in love with the Cape Winelands. . . #lunch #food #foodie #winefarm #wine #capetown #capetownsouthafrica #capetownfoodie #delicious #eat #capewinelands #babylonstoren #babel #instafood #ilovefoodiesct #igfood #southafrica #capetownetc
Snack attack! || If you’re like me and trying to be healthy, but the inevitable curveballs of daily routine sometimes (okay often) make it difficult to stick to meal-times or pre-prep your good....well then like me, you probably fall back on old knowns or sacrifice nutrition for convenient on the go portions. So how does one overcome these inevitable obstacles? Snaaaacks!!! Ye, I said it; snacks are your friend, not your enemy. Not all snacks mind you, and that’s why a stockpile simple carefully selected snacks can be your little nutritional lifesavers in a pinch. @wholesomeharvestearth Chia Bars are the perfect solution to my snack emergencies. . . These little bars are packed with VitaFiber, a low calorie sweetener (the same used in Quest Bars). It’s a soluble super syrup that’s low calorie (just 4 calories per g). It can also be used as a sugar replacement and for baking. Price-wise these little bad boys compare very well to other super snack bars. Click on the pic for stockists. . . 🌱Made with chia seeds, oats & coconut 🌱Gluten-free, GMO-free, MSG-free 🌱Vegan-friendly source of protein High in antioxidants, calcium & magnesium 🌱Added fibre to stimulate digestion 🌱Great source of omega-3 fatty acids 🌱Zero artificial flavours, colours or preservatives . . I keep a little stock pile for snack emergencies (which is usually about twice a week) on the go! Do you ever rely on healthy (or any) snacks to get you through a busy day? . . #wholesomeearth #snacks #snackbar #proteinbar #food #healthysnacks #healthyfood #onthego #glutenfree #vegan #vitafibre #omega3 #coconut #berries #coffee #jaqionthego